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Reproduced courtesy of Hilda Farquar-Smith and Robert Dun

SS NELLORE voyage report no. 21

Date: April - May 1954
Dimensions:
Overall: 263 x 204 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the family of Burnham Walker Dun
Object Copyright: © Hilda Farquar-Smith and Robert Dun
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Voyage report
Object No: ANMS1340[023]
Related Place:Yokohama, Port Adelaide, Yokkaichi, Kobe, Melbourne, Thành Pho Ho Chí Minh, Sydney, Nagoya, Xianggang, Tarakan, Brisbane, Muji,

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    Typed voyage report number 21 south for SS NELLORE, written by Commander Burnham Walker Dun, of The Eastern & Australian Steamship Co Limited, to Messrs Macdonald Hamilton & Co, Managing Agents for The Eastern & Australian Steamship Co. Limited. The report is dated 12th April 1954, Moji. Pages 1 to 10 of the report outlines details of the voyage, including departure times, cargo, maintenance and other relevant information, from Sydney to Moji.
    Next is a two page letter from Commander Dun to Messrs Macdonald Hamilton & Co, dated 17th May 1954. It was written in receipt of their letter, in receipt of his voyage report 21, and concerns loading of scrap metal onto NELLORE. Also included are figures relating to fuel consumption.
    This is followed by a continuation of the report for the SS NELLORE voyage number 21, dated 31st May 1954, Sydney. Pages 1 to 7 give details of the return voyage, from Moji to Wellington, with additional general notes (i.e. relating to passengers, cargo, accidents, etc).
    Two page, typed letter from Commander Dun to Messrs Macdonald Hamilton & Co. Dated 18th May, 1954, from the NELLORE at sea. The letter concerns the need for air conditioning in the dining saloon.
    Following this is a two page report on SS NELLORE'S recent visit to Labaun on voyage 21 south. Dated 1st May 1954, and written at sea.
    One page typed letter from R. H. Sisley, Managing Agents for The Eastern & Australian Steamship Co. Limited, dated 3rd March 1954, Melbourne. The letter concerns Sisley's asking the Commander of the TOFEVO for copies of forms to enter Saigon.
    A list of items to be furnished in the ports of Indochina. These include manifests, crew and passenger lists, supply lists, etc, and the number of copies required.
    Following this is a two page report on SS NELLORE'S recent visit to Labaun on voyage 21 south. Dated 1st May 1954, and written at sea.
    Following this is a three page report on SS NELLORE'S recent visit to Saigon on voyage 21. Dated 29th March 1954, and written at sea. Information discussed relates to the ocean passage, pilotage, quarantine, customs, etc.
    One Page letter from R. H. Sisley, the same as the letter by him above, but with a missing footnote.
    Identical copy of the list of items to be furnished in the ports of Indochina (as above).
    SignificanceW Olson, 'Lion of the China Sea: a History of the E & A Line', 1976.

    G A Hardwick, 'E & A Line - the Eastern and Australian Steam Ship Company Limited', The Log, volume 16, number 1, issue 71, February 1983, pp 3 - 12.

    Notes provided by Ian Farquhar-Smith, on file
    HistoryBurnham Walker Dun 1905-1992 began his apprenticeship with the Australasian Steam Navigation Company in 1921 when he was just short of his 16th birthday. After four years in the coastal ships of AUSN he gained his Second Mate's certificate in Sydney and joined the Eastern & Australian Steamship Company (E&A) as Fourth Officer on the TANDA. He served 43 years with this Company sailing to ports between Australia and eastern Asia, retiring in 1967. He gained his Master's Certificate in 1929, at the age of 24. In 1942, when he was Chief Officer on the NANKIN, the ship was captured by the German raider THOR. He spent the rest of the war with the surviving crew labouring in Japanese POW camps. He returned to Australia in poor health and spent years trying to get compensation. Although he was an Australian resident employed by an Australian company (managing agents Macdonald Hamilton) the ship was British owned and registered, and he obtained only limited compensation. He went back to sea with E&A in 1946, had his first permanent command in 1947 on the second NANKIN, and served in the company's ships EASTERN, NELLORE, ARAFURA and ARAMAC until he retired. During this time he carried cargo regularly to Japan, where he established friendly relationships with his former captors. During his career he made a number of rescues at sea and survived several severe typhoons. On retirement, he became a Nautical Assessor and took part in marine Courts of Enquiry, including the enquiry into the collapse of the Tasman Bridge, caused by the cargo ship LAKE ILLAWARRA striking one of the bridge's piers.

    E & A Line actually consisted of four successive companies bearing the same name, Eastern and Australian Steam Ship Company, between 1873 and the early 1980s. It was established to serve routes between Australasia and 'Far Eastern' ports - Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan, and was originally named Eastern & Australian Mail Steam Company Limited. It only ever had a small fleet of ships but those it had, such as the NELLORE and the NANKIN, were well known. Ownership of E&A Line was involved in other companies in the 20th century, notably the AUSN Company, and from 1946 P&O. Through its history E & A Lines carried cargo and passengers, and was involved in trooping and supply in World War I. In World War II its entire fleet of three of its ships was lost. In the post-war period it operated cargo-passenger ships until 1975 when passenger service was given up and the ships were progressively sold, though in 1983 it continued to staff and operate AJCL containerships.

    The Eastern & Australian Steamship Company
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: SS NELLORE voyage report no. 21

    Collection title: Captain Burnham Walker Dun collection

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